Wednesday, January 5, 2011
12 x 12 x .75
This piece was inspired by our recent snowstorm and from photo taken by Rachel Allen. I explored a couple of things that are somewhat new to me. For example using friskett on the watercolor canvas for the first time. Friskett acts as a resist to keep the canvas white. Enabling me to paint freely without worry about loosing my whitest white. I also used texture medium on the trees. This is advertised as giving a 3/D effect, and I think it did, as much as it could. So then I was worried about using the texture medium over the friskett. Not worried but wondering if I would be able to lift the friskett now that the texture medium had been painted over it. And of course it lifted.
The result is a haunting winter night during a snowstorm. And I am thoroughly pleased!
Monday, January 3, 2011
22 x 30
I started this piece before the New Year and just finished it today. Not that I was working on it everyday, contrare I havent been in the studio much since ThanksGiving. The bodies of the Koi are painted in a shiney silver to give the effect of scales. Painted on a full size sheet of Arches 300 lb. watercolor paper.
Koi are an ornamental domesticated varietiey of the common carp that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or watergardens. They are culled for color and will revert to the original coloration within a few generations if allowed to breed freely. Koi are among the longest living vertebrates, with some living over 2oo years.
The Koi varieties tend to have a common body shape, but have a greater variety of coloration and color patterns.
Such a pleasure to be back in the studio.
Happy New Year to All of You!